Hurricane Relief Resources

Local children raise funds for hurricane relief

There has been a tremendous desire by Naperville residents to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which caused catastrophic flooding in Houston, Texas, as well as those in Florida who are now suffering from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma. With the aftermath of Hurricane Maria affecting Puerto Rico, there continues to be considerable interest from our community in helping others.

To best assist Naperville residents in giving responsibly to disaster relief, and to help ensure donations meet the needs of Harvey, Irma and Maria victims, the City has compiled the below advice regarding disaster relief donations as well as how you can immediately help those suffering.

This information was originally provided at an August 31, 2017, community meeting hosted by Mayor Steve Chirico, Naperville Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Nelson, and Naperville resident and disaster relief volunteer Susan Koranda. (As this event was prior to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, you will only find Harvey-related information in the presentation.) As recovery needs are identified, the below information will be updated as practical. Disaster recovery needs can change quickly, so the City encourages people to check the links below for the most up-to-date information.

National Organizations

Blood Donations

How to Help Harvey Victims - Updated Sept. 22, 2017

Houston Recovers

The City of Houston has established a disaster recovery information webpage as it gets back to business following the impacts of Harvey. View this page for continued updates on how you can donate or volunteer to assist with their efforts.

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Organizations in Texas

How to Help Irma Victims - Updated Sept. 15, 2017

Organizations in Florida

How to Help Maria Victims - Updated Sept. 28, 2017

Best Practices in Disaster Relief Donations

  • Donating cash to a reputable disaster relief organization is the best way to assist immediately following a disaster - "Give money, not things"
    • Specific disaster relief agencies have trained individuals who can specifically meet the physical and psychological needs of disaster victims.
  • Donate to trusted organizations. You can research nonprofits at the following sites to make sure your donation will be spent wisely:

What to Avoid in Disaster Relief Giving

  • Do not donate items without arranging it with organizations working in the area
    • If everyone sends truckloads of goods without coordination, a "secondary disaster" is created.
    • Unsolicited donated goods require agencies to redirect resources away from providing services to attempt to sort, package, transport, warehouse and distribute items that may not even meet the initial needs of disaster survivors.
  • Avoid scams
    • Evaluate organizations before you donate - does the charity's site say how funds will be used?
    • Donate through an organization's website, not Facebook or Twitter
    • If you donate via text message, only do so to organizations that you trust and have protections in place, like the Red Cross and Salvation Army. If you text to donate, the charge will show up on your mobile phone bill. If you've asked your mobile phone provider to block premium text messages - texts that cost extra - then you won't be able to donate this way.

Long-Term Relief